Caroline's Springtime Skincare Refresh
With spring upon us and the end of artificial indoor heat, cold outdoor temperatures, and pesky wind, I’m feeling like my skin has lost its joie de vivre. Add to that the “macne” from wearing a mask (take the words mask and acne and smash them together), and my skin has become a real project. In an attempt to bring some harmony, I’ve been researching new products to add to my regime to give my skin the nourishment it’s needing and I’ve tried several new lines. Hands down I've seen the most dramatic results by adding in my tried-and-true favorite products from HAOMA, a plant-based, performance oriented, vegan, and non-toxic skincare line. Not only have I seen immediate changes to my skin, but I love how the products feel. Their CBD-infused creams, balms, and serums naturally calm and nourish the dry, crepey and irritated issues I’ve been experiencing. I’m so excited to have found products that work and can’t wait to share them with you.
I was once a believer that oil cleansing would only exacerbate my already combination skin, causing me to break out. But I've since discovered that my skin is actually on the drier side and has been overcompensating by producing excess oil – leaving me with congestion. So when I began using HAOMA's cleansing balm, I saw an immediate difference. Infused with cannabis sativa oil and sweet almond oil, this cleanser helps balance oil and sebum production to prevent breakouts. Plus, it also reduces signs of oxidative stress, sun damage, wrinkles and uneven skin tone. The best part... the way it makes your skin feel is pure bliss.
After cleansing morning and night, I spritz with my favorite aloe and rosewater mist then apply the radiant face serum to help brighten and revitalize my skin. It's made with three main ingredients: micro algae extract to brighten and tighten your skin, colloidal gold's antioxidants which penetrate deep to heal the skin, and plant stem cells to protect against sun damage and boost collagen. It also has 30 mg of CBD to reduce clogged pores and breakouts.
It’s tough to find a quality day cream that’s lightweight, but also nourishing. So when I discovered HAOMA’s preservation day cream I was impressed to learn that it does the job, and protects your skin from free radicals. Made from Amalaki (a rich source of vitamin C), CBD and Malachite mineral extract, this cream promotes cell growth and helps even skin tone, all while being lightweight enough to layer under your daily SPF. Plus one of the best parts is that it protects against blue light from digital devices, which is a must for my daily routine.
After being in winter hibernation mode for the past few months, my body needs some extra attention before throwing sleeveless tops and dresses into the mix. So in the evenings I’ve been slathering on the hydrating body cream. Featuring a blend of fig, red mandarin, and cocoa seed, this cream feels like sunshine in a jar. It sinks deep into your skin to form a protective barrier and doesn’t leave a greasy residue. Plus, the bright yellow color and delicious scent instantly lifts my spirits, making my skincare ritual one that I look forward to.
For both the mind and body, the calming temple balm is one that I like to apply throughout the day. Featuring a blend of soothing plant extracts like Skull Cap, Ginseng, Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Vetiver, and Ylang Ylang, this balm can be used to nourish and heal damaged skin, as well as encourage a sense of focus and introspection. Infused with 75 mg of CBD, I like to apply it to my major pulse points – like on my wrist and temples – to help ease anxiety and stress. I've found if you rub into your pulse points on your wrist and inhale right before sleep, it's a massive aid to nodding off quickly and staying restful throughout the night.
The benefits of aromatherapy and a lip moisturizer in one product makes this lip balm one of my favorites yet. Featuring notes of bergamot, lavender and marjoram mixed with a blend of castor, shea and olive oils, this lip balm delivers lasting moisture without feeling greasy. It also contains aloe vera, calendula and CBD to heal, plump, soothe and repair lips exposed to the elements. Not to mention, it’s unisex… but Jeffrey doesn’t know that yet ;)
Discovering skincare that works feels like such a victory since I've struggled with my skin since I was a teenager. But finding products that check off all my requirements – vegan, non-toxic and plant-based, while delivering noticeable results – is worth bragging about. I'm excited to share my current favorites with you all in hopes that your skin will reap the benefits as much as mine has.